Sheffield select board found in violation of open meeting law

SHEFFIELD — The office of the state attorney general found the select board to be in violation of Open Meeting Law due to a vague meeting agenda for its Oct. 2 meeting.

The attorney general’s office received a letter sent by town resident Susan Butler dated Nov. 3, alleging that the select board had violated open meeting law by not allowing her to speak, as well as posting an insufficiently detailed agenda item for their Oct. 2 meeting. Butler asked the board’s administrative assistant to clarify the item, though she never received a response. Butler filed a complaint with the board on Oct. 3.

The agenda item in question, “Resident Complaints”, discussed only matters raised by Butler.

“Much more than a passing reference,” Butler told the Record.

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